Churches Planting Churches, Christ’s Emptying

In the Athenian church, there were being raised up elders, evangelists, prophets, and so on. One of the signs of a healthy local church is that it is raising up others to preach, to become pastors, and to plant churches. As God’s people, we must be committed to this. First, the Gospel does not place a spotlight on us. It is glory for God. God calls many people to pastor, not only one. We honor God by raising up pastors who labor in the word and who teach the word. It seems, then, that we do not honor God when we are not raising up teaching pastors or when we have placed the spotlight on a single pastor.

At Grace, we are accomplishing something bigger than ourselves as we have already started preparing to do something greater than our own local congregation. Here is a word from James Knapp, one of the men I get to mentor, and one of the men who will hopefully pastor and teach at Grace’s first new campus/church plant.

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Andrew Paul Cannon

Andrew has been in vocational ministry since 2011 after volunteering from his teens. He has served in the lead pastorate since he was 25. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Ministry with an emphasis on Youth Ministry and a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Apologetics. Andrew is currently in pursuit of his Doctorate of Philosophy, where he will specialize in Systematic Theology. Andrew has written several books, has served in both large and small churches, and started his own non-profit missions organization. Andrew’s wife, Kati, and family serve alongside him.

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